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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Albuquerque.

Friday
Sep192014

Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Meth

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A man appeared in federal court in Las Cruces on Thursday to plead guilty to trafficking methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that 37-year-old Alejandro Carrillo was arrested in April after New Mexico State Police found him in possession of about 9 pounds of meth at a traffic stop.

Carrillo, of El Paso, Texas, admitted that he would have been paid $4,000 if he transported the meth from El Paso to Denver, Colo.

Carrillo will remain in custody until his sentencing hearing.


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Friday
Sep192014

Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempted Theft at Route 66 Casino

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- An Albuquerque woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempted theft at the Route 66 Casino in Cibola County.

In October 2013, Charlene Baca told a cashier at the casino that she had a bomb that could explode within seconds if she wasn't given money. according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Baca, 43, was soon apprehended and arrested. She is currently at a half-way house as she awaits her sentencing hearing.


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Friday
Sep192014

Martinez: $100,000 to Expand NM Alzheimer's Caregiver Training 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- New Mexico is set to receive nearly $100,000 in funding to expand training for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday.

The money is targeted for family caretakers in rural and underserved areas.

“Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia presents so many physical and emotional challenges,” Martinez said. “Caregivers often don’t know where to turn for help. Now, we will reach more caregivers throughout New Mexico and provide training and support as they continue caring for their loved one.”

With the funding, officials anticipate the creation of 50 new teachers for a caregiver class offered by the Alzheimer's Association. The number of courses and workers trained is projected to grow from about 30 classes and 330 caregivers to about 115 and 670, respectively.

Martinez also announced a new process for workers dealing with indivuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias, allowing them to access service information by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center.


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Thursday
Sep182014

One Seriously Injured After Crash

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- One person is injured after an accident Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, the accident took place at Menaul Boulevard and I-25.

One person was hospitalized with serious injuries but is expected to survive.


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Thursday
Sep182014

Power Lines Knocked Down During Wednesday Accident

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Power lines were knocked during a Wednesday afternoon traffic accident.

The Albuquerque Police Department says the crash was at Central Avenue and Wyoming Boulevard, temporarily shutting down traffic in both directions.

Police did not report any injuries.


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Thursday
Sep182014

Pedestrian in Serious Condition After Being Struck by Vehicle

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A section of the eastbound side of Irvin Boulevard was closed off part of Wednesday night after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.

The incident happened in the area of Irving and Rio Los Pinos Boulevards in northwest Albuquerque. Police said a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle, and was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

The collision remains under investigation.


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Wednesday
Sep172014

Officials Investigating Apartment Fire

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Officials are investigating a Wednesday morning apartment fire.

The Albuquerque Fire Department says the blaze was reported just after 5 a.m. at 1001 Marron Circle NE.

The fire was reportedly contained to the roof and extinguished within 30 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Wednesday
Sep172014

Man Arrested After Driving Stolen Car and Fleeing from Traffic Stop

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A man is in custody after driving a stolen car and fleeing from a traffic stop.

The Albuquerque Police Department reports that 29-year-old Michael Salas was driving a stolen car when he fled from a traffic stop, leaving his two children and their mother inside of the stolen car.

Salas was charged with two counts of child abuse and receiving and transferring a stolen motor vehicle. He also was arrested on a felony warrant.


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Wednesday
Sep172014

Update: Missing South Korean Volunteer Found in Arizona

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A South Korean man who was reported missing in Albuquerque has been found in Arizona.

Hyeonsoo Jeong, who's a volunteer with the International Youth Fellowship Organization, left his sponsor's home on Sept. 7, and wasn't seen or heard from since.

On Tuesday night, Albuquerque Police issued a statement saying Heyeonsoo had been located at a hospital in Arizona, however, there was no immediate word on his medical condition or how he got to Arizona.


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Tuesday
Sep162014

Man Caught with Stolen Car

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A man with a lengthy arrest record was caught with a stolen car early Tuesday morning.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, officers spotted a car that had been reported stolen and confronted the driver when he pulled into a home on the 600 block of Cardenas Drive.

According to police, the driver tried to conceal his identity and use his brother's personal information.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Mario Salas, was arrested for receiving/transferring a stolen car, possession of meth, and three outstanding warrants.

Over the past 12 years, Salas has been arrested more than 25 times.


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